I had next to no help from my critique group and there were even a few who refused to work with me (even though they worked with me on my previous novels). I did it though. It's called Irina's Quest. Red Rose Publishing was interested in publishing it and it came out in 2008. I haven't tried to write another one because it was so difficult, but I loved writing it anyway.
Here's what it was about:
Irina is the captain of a ship that's hurtling through space trying to find a new planet Earth. It takes place in the future when our planet is no longer inhabitable because of our love affair with cars and nuclear weapons. Only 500 humans are left alive; 498 are below deck sleeping in their pods while Irina and Sandy are searching the galaxy for a suitable planet.
Unfortunately, a group of Earthlings, led by Irina's cousin and aunt, believe that God wanted all humans to die when the Earth ceased to be habitable. They are determined to annihilate Irina and her spaceship. When Irina does find a suitable planet, Irina's aunt blows it to smithereens.
The answer to her prayers appears to have fallen in her lap when she meets Ken who is a human from a very advanced civilization, but, Ken is forbidden from helping Irina establish a new planet. He is however allowed to marry Irina.
Irina is tempted to take Ken up on his offer. His world is perfect, but can she walk away from her fellow Earthlings? Will Ken abide by his people's rules even if it means losing Irina?
Here's a trailer: